Working for a better Colchester
Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists need to see better transport links in a rapidly growing Colchester.
Lib Dems have an important role to play, whether County Councillors like Anne Turrell who is the local voice on highways issues or Martin Goss, leading on 'Transport for Colchester'. They need their partners in Essex County Council, like infrastructure boss Kevin Bentley. And the good news - positive progress.
Colchester will benefit from a major funding boost to support schemes that will make it easier and smoother to travel across the borough as part of an agreement between Lib Dem led Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council (ECC). Both councils have agreed to put an additional £100,000 each this year into the Colchester Local Highways Panel – the joint body between Colchester Borough Council and ECC responsible for recommending and prioritising highway schemes in the borough.
The annual budget will now provide £700,000 to invest in schemes such as junction improvements, 20mph zones, and cycleway enhancements. A total of 32 schemes have already been agreed to be carried out by the end of March 2019, with a further 72 traffic management, rights of way and passenger transport schemes totalling nearly £180,000 already in the pipe line for 2019/2020.
The panel will now meet in Colchester rather than Chelmsford to help provide a greater local focus on the improvements needed and their potential solutions. Cllr Martin Goss, said: 'I am delighted we have come up with a way we can work closer together to provide even more highway initiatives across the borough'.